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Wed
06
May

Storm seniors reflect on unique finale

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Senior year marks several big and final events for students -- prom, graduation, finals and the end to a 12-year journey. The High Plains Community Schools Class of 2020 will have it marked by something else big, but not so happy.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, these students have had an abrupt end to their senior year, and a postponement of typical school events.
Three seniors -- Joseph Ertzner, Hannah Hiett and Brendan Wruble -- have stepped forward to share their unique experiences as the school year comes to a close. They share their perspective in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
05
May

Business idea workbook

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The Aurora Development Corporation is celebrating Economic Development from May 4-9. Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 to increase awareness for local programs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.  
As part of economic development week, all elementary students in Hamilton County are encouraged to fill out the Business Idea Workbook to brainstorm a business they could start. We want to know what business a student would start based on the needs they see in our community and their skills and talents.  
Students are also encouraged to have parents help them share their ideas on social media using #grow28county and #EDW2020. Print off your own copy on the Aurora News-Register website. Click the Business Idea Workbook link below 

Tue
05
May

A’ROR’N Days 2020 cancelled

A string of 30 consecutive years with a mid-summer celebration in Aurora will end in 2020 with this week’s announced cancellation of A’ROR’N Days and other related activities. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Tue
05
May

Hampton Booster Days cancelled for 2020

The on-going pandemic threat has prompted the cancellation of Hampton Booster Days, though organizers hope to schedule a smaller, one-day community celebration if possible late this summer. Learn more about possible plans for delayed celebration in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Sun
03
May

A proper sendoff

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Even though it wasn't an actual graduation ceremony, Giltner's Class of 2020 received a proper sendoff Sunday in unique fashion. 

Giltner's senior class cruised throughout the streets of town Sunday afternoon as community members showed their support in a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

Students got together at the school and took individual photos in front of a green screen to put together a class photo later on. 

Then, the seniors cruised throughout town as faculty and community members waved and celebrated from a safe distance. 

Giltner is still hopeful to hold a physical graduation ceremony later this summer. 

Thu
30
Apr

CDHD reports 10 new COVID-19 deaths

Central District Health Department sadly reports a total of 10 new Covid-19 related deaths in the district as of Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 35, with a total of 28 in Hall County, seven in Hamilton County and none in Merrick County.  CDHD additionally reports a total of 1,035 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. Hall County, which was reported earlier this week to have among the highest rates of cases per-capita in the nation, has 972. Hamilton County has 49 confirmed cases and Merrick County has nine.

Wed
29
Apr

Hamilton Community Foundation awards $249,000 in bequests

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This week the Hamilton Community Foundation granted more than $249,000 to area organizations that were not part of the quarterly grantmaking program. While HCF issues nearly $1 million in grants each year, bequests are important for many reasons, especially this year.

Find out what organizations received funding in this week's ANR.

Wed
29
Apr

A senior year to remember

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Friday was supposed to be the last day of school for Hampton High School’s Class of 2020.
The plan was to take a trip to Lincoln, visit the Bay, enjoy a day together, and record one of the several highlight memories that come with being a senior Hawk.
That trip, the last day of school and so many other made-for-memorable-moment events have long been cancelled, of course, part of a global pandemic story that is still being written. Three Hampton seniors -- Paige Sackschewsky, Rachel Rust and Logan Nissen -- reflected on what it’s been like to be separated from their friends during this time, stuck at home for the most part, completing school work online while also coming to grips with this altered universe reality. They share their perspective in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
29
Apr

4R instructors react to renovation plans

Aurora residents have been abuzz since the approval of a $2 million renovation project by the 4R board just two weeks ago. Board members expressed confidence in the project’s approval and completion, despite COVID-19 concerns, and construction is scheduled to begin within the next month.
Vocal music instructor Jason Frew, band instructor Kate Metzger and high school principal Doug Kittle took their turn in reflecting on what they thought of the coming project, why it may have been needed and their excitement or expectations moving forward. Detailed story in this week's print and e-editions.

 

Wed
29
Apr

Shining a light on first responders

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Community members shed a little light, and love, on the area’s first responders, medical personnel and law enforcement officers April 22 as part of the Be the Light 2020 program.
Aurora High School Principal Doug Kittle explained that Aurora is one of many schools throughout the state and nation participating in the Beacon of Light program to honor students. The football field lights are being turned on for four consecutive weeks on Wednesdays at 8:20 p.m., staying on for 20 minutes and 20 seconds as a way to show support for the Class of 2020. Story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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